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Painting stolen from Mansion House

August 07, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - Hagerstown police on Wednesday were investigating the theft of a miniature painting from the Mansion House Gallery in City Park.

"I'm happy that someone thought it was so pretty, I wish they would have bought it instead of stealing it" said Evie Cook, 75, who painted the missing 6-inch-by-8-inch landscape, "Pathway of Beauty."

The miniature painting, one of four by Cook on display at the gallery as part of an "All Members Miniature Show," was taken between May 30 and July 29, police said in a news release.

It depicts a wooded scene, with a pathway winding through it and was set in a gold leaf frame.

Mansion House Galley has not had other problems with theft, said Marie McCafferty, the gallery director.

The gallery is only open three days a week, for five hours on Fridays and Saturdays and for four hours on Sundays, she said.

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Two volunteers are on duty whenever the gallery is open, McCafferty said.

Anywhere between four and 40 people may visit the gallery on a given day, she said.

The painting, which was on display in June and July, was discovered missing July 29, when a friend of Cook's went to retrieve the artwork, Cook said.

After McCafferty spent a few days contacting other artists to determine whether someone accidentally took the painting, Cook went to the police, she said.

"She had not had luck with the calls," Cook said.

She reported the theft to police Tuesday.

The painting was priced at $160.

Anyone with information can call Hagerstown police at 301-790-3700.

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